Barbara Chertok

It began in 2009 with a pain on the left side of Jessica’s head. An MRI revealed two brain tumors, one on each auditory nerve. The tumor on the left side was large and life threatening, pressing on her brainstem. Later that year, Jessica Toews was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2), a genetic disorder causing tumors to form on nerve tissue. These tumors can develop anywhere in the nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord and nerves. Jessica’s NF2 was characterized by bilateral acoustic neuromas. 

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